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Report From Krakow by John Gault
On a personal level I found attendance at the Krakow festival to be an extremely interesting, fulfilling and enjoyable experience. - John Gault, Chairman, Sligo Film Society
John Gault from Sligo Film Society attended the 47th Krakow film festival from 31st May until 5th June 2007 as the Irish member of the Federation Internationale des Cine- Clubs (FICC) jury.
The festival had three sections- documentary, short fiction and animation. There was an international competition jury comprising of film makers from Poland, Belgium, Germany, Japan and Russia and a national jury which considered films of Polish origin only. The other members of the FICC jury were Maciej Gil from Poland and Hans-Christian Grimm from Germany. It is an indication of the healthy state of film making in Europe that the festival committee received 2,200 films for consideration for exhibition in the festival. Of these the committee shortlisted 15 animation films, 19 short feature films and 54 documentaries for the festival to be shown in 26 screenings.
The International jury awarded prizes in all three categories and the FICC jury was asked to simply choose one film. The jury found it extremely difficult to compare, say, a three minute animation with a fifty minute feature, and would recommend that the FICC jury would also be allowed to award films in the separate categories in future.
The awards were as follows;
THE VERDICT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY
Grand Prix – The Golden Dragon to the film Dad directed by Daniel Mulloy (Great Britain)
The Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Animated Film to the film Dreams and Desires – Family Ties directed by Joanna Quinn (Great Britain)
The Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Fiction Film to the film Lampa cu caciula / The Tube With a Hat directed by Radu Jude (Romania)
The Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Documentary Film to the film Zawiedionka / As Is Their Wont directed by Galina Adamovich (Belarus)
The Prix UIP Cracow – a nomination for the European Film Award in the short film category to the film Dad directed by Daniel Mulloy (Great Britain)
The Special Mention to the films: Kabal i Hjerter / Hearts directed by Øyvind Sandberg (Norway) and Plakat / Poster directed by Andrei Zaitsev (Russia)
THE VERDICT OF THE FICC JURY / FƒDƒRATION INTERNATIONALE DES CINE-CLUBS
Dreams & Desires – Family Ties directed by Joanna Quinn (Great Britain).